Why is Adoption of Warehouse Robotic Automation on the Rise?

Linda James, Logistics Tech Outlook | Sunday, May 08, 2022

More warehouses are adopting robotics technology than at any point in history. There are several types of warehouse robots, each with a unique set of capabilities, enabling warehouses to select robotics solutions that assist with specific processes. Warehouse operators should be aware of their options to implement the technologies that are best suited to their warehouse's needs.

FREMONT, CA: Over the last few decades, robotics engineers have worked tirelessly to merge artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things with automated robotic technology. Innovative businesses with warehouses in their supply chains adore the benefits of effective automation. Below are three components that enable robots to operate autonomously in warehouses.

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Improved sensors and reaction capability
  • Software for warehouse management

Artificial intelligence and machine learning

Artificial intelligence is when a computer, instead of having a physical brain, can carry out cognitive functions that only humans have, such as learning, reasoning, and problem-solving. When applying AI in supply chain applications, the two types of applications used are augmentation (artificial intelligence that assists humans in their daily tasks) and automation (AI capable of functioning without human intervention).

Improved sensors and reaction capability

The introduction of robots into the supply chain presented a challenge to guide them in perceiving their surroundings. Warehouse robots are equipped with both visual and audio sensors, as well as thermal and haptic sensors. Thermal sensors are utilised to detect ambient temperature on a surface. In addition, robots are equipped with haptic sensors that allow them to perceive touch. Sensor data can be integrated with AI and machine learning for robots to make decisions based on data from their surrounding environment.

Software for warehouse management

A warehouse management system (WMS) or third-party logistics (3PL) system can serve as the nerve centre of warehouse operations. From sales channels to order fulfillment, and finally, to packing and shipping, information can flow seamlessly. Accurate data is critical to keeping things running smoothly.

Robotic technology is advantageous for any company that invests in it. By streamlining expenses such as package costs and increasing productivity, a company can make more money using robotics.

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